Thoughts from the Alamo Chapter President  


August 18, 2015

Dear Alamo Chapter Members,

The new 2015-2016 school and social calendar begins shortly and your Alamo Chapter wishes you a terrific summer’s wrap up.  An important summer milestone included the election of a third of the Chapter’s Board of Directors and new president-elect who will assume the Chapter’s presidency in July of 2016, Mrs. Sheli Lawson. The leadership team lineup is now:

President-Elect and 1st Vice President                     Sheli Lawson
Treasurer                                                                  George Allen

Secretary                                                                  Celeste Walters

VP, Corporate Membership                                      Damian Heaney COL (R)

VP, Individual Membership                                       Ross Olfers

VP, Programs & Special Events                               Barbara Elia

VP, Marketing and Development                              Crystal Allbritton

VP, ROTC/JROTC Affairs                                         Dennis Lafferty CSM (Ret)

Guy Meloy Scholarship Chairman                             -Vacant

Awards Committee Chairman                                    -Vacant     

Family Programs Chairman                                       -Vacant

Support to the Guard/Reserve Chairman                   Stephanie Aguilar

Our Soldiers Run 5k/10k Chairman                           -Vacant

Armed Forces Benefits Fair Chairman                      -Vacant

Golf Tournament Chairman                                       -Vacant

Army Birthday Chairman                                            -Vacant

All American Army Bowl Chairman                            -Vacant

New Board Director, term 2015-2018            Fred Offutt

New Board Director, term 2015-2018            Emma Lopez

New Board Director, term 2015-2018            Crystal Allbritton

Continuing Director, term 2014-2017             Karol Franco

Continuing Director, term 2014-2017             Ross Olfers

Continuing Director, term 2014-2017             Bradley D. Freeman COL (Ret)

Continuing Director, term 2013-2016             Jeremy Blain

Continuing Director, term 2013-2016             Mike Rowland CMSG (Ret)

Continuing Director, term 2013-2016             Doug Dupree

As you can see, we have a few vacancies and welcome any dues-paid member (individual or designee of a dues-paid corporate member) to express interest in serving in one of these unfilled positions. Simply email me and let me know you may be interested at ausa.alamo.president@gmail.com.

During the last full week of July and the first weekend of August, your Alamo Chapter was honored to be included by the San Antonio Film Festival (http://safilm.com/) in their week-long series of screenings. They invited our Chapter members to take advantage of complimentary admissions tickets to movies and live remarks by Hollywood production talent at the Tobin Center. Our Chapter’s electronic e-Blast of July contained a downloadable coupon good for six seats per coupon. I’m glad to report that several dozen AUSA Alamo Chapter members took advantage of the coupons and enjoyed attending the film festival at no cost for admission. While it is impossible to predict when these type of terrific opportunities will repeat, we will seek out these ‘good deals’ for our Chapter members and get the word to you as soon as possible. Sometimes, just like with low-fare airplane tickets, opportunities materialize at the last minute, but a good deal is always a good deal. We thank the San Antonio Film Festival for including our soldiers, veterans, and other AUSA Alamo Chapter members in their big city-wide event.

With that in mind, you may want to plan to attend a military comedy program (there is a minimum age requirement of 18) hosted by the Patriots’ Casa at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Saturday 29 August at 8:00 p.m., see: https://www.facebook.com/events/126337894375771/ -- at the university’s auditorium. While not for everybody, this comedy show is known for its spontaneity and even-handed treatment of soldier and veteran issues, all with a smile! Admission is $10/each in advance, call Randy at 210-630-5250 or Elizabeth at 210-705-3707. Admission at the door is slightly more expensive. Find a map to the university’s main campus at: http://www.tamusa.edu/tamusacampuses/maincampus/.  Revenues over expenses will benefit AUSA Alamo Chapter’s corporate member, the non-profit Patriots’ Casa: https://www.facebook.com/TAMUSAMILITARY.

Our next Quarterly Business Meeting of the Chapter will be scheduled in November 2015; the date will be announced in an upcoming E-Blast and e-Dispatch.

Have a great end of summer and launch of your new school and social year!


Charles G. Rodriguez

Chuck Rodriguez, MG (USA, Ret.)

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